30 posts tagged "Valentino"
Despite Valentino’s traditional Italian roots, Valentina Oud Assoluto (the latest addition to the label’s range of scents) has undeniable elements of the Orient. Notes of bergamot, poivre, rose essence, saffron, and patchouli (things you might find in a Middle Eastern market) make it decidedly more heady than the original fruity-floral laced with sweet orange blossoms. The ingredient that steals the show, however, is oud—a dark, ambrosial resin extracted from Aquilaria trees after they become infected with mold. Synonymous with luxury fragrance (despite its rather unglamorous origins), oud has been used to make incense and herbal remedies for centuries, with collectors willing to spend thousands on rare varieties of the oil. To reflect the strong and sophisticated new scent inside, the signature, ultra-feminine bottle also underwent a makeover—with the rosette and pearl updated in all black. And with the house’s Spring collection boasting pieces that suggest travel to far-flung locales (such as an embroidered fringed cape and scarab-adorned sandals), we can only imagine this exotic eau was what the Valentino woman discovered on her journey.
Marion Cotillard brought “operatic elegance” to the red carpet last night for Elle magazine’s 20th Annual Women in Hollywood event. She complemented her Dior dress with hair reminiscent of the ear-covering, low ponytails seen at Valentino. While Cotillard opted for a knot in the back (similar to styles seen in Renaissance portraiture), she nonetheless looked like the breathtaking-but-austere beauties that made their way down the runway.
Last week, we called out nail lacquers that are in line with the cosmos and the high fashion times (like the gold Zodiacs wrapped around models’ necks and wrists, embossed on leather totes, and dangling from fringed clutches—all seen at Valentino). But if you can’t wait for these Spring 2014 treasures to arrive in store, you can pick up one of Estée Lauder’s twelve holiday compacts. Done in matte gold and featuring the brand’s Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder inside, these refillable, astrology-inspired collectibles make powdering your nose in public a far more glamorous gesture. Plus, they’re engravable, so you can write a message among the stars for yourself or a friend.
At last night’s Carrie premiere in Los Angeles, Chloë Grace Moretz put her own spin on the effortless plait swung over one shoulder that we saw just a few weeks ago on the runway at Giles. Instead of a single, mussed-up braid, Moretz wove three smaller twists into the finished product and tied it off with black lace (a similar finishing touch was employed by Guido Palau at Nina Ricci). The end result definitely set the 16-year-old apart on the red carpet, but in a way that would draw a throng of admirers and score her a date to the prom with the class hunk—minus a blood shower on her Valentino gown.
“We’re using theatrical contours in a very minimal way,” face painter Pat McGrath said of the makeup at Valentino, calling upon references like Maria Callas in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1969 silver-screen adaptation of Medea. “It’s about building and structuring the face with light.” Similar to a trick often used onstage, McGrath swathed the top half of the face in a pale foundation, then used a highlighter on the inner corners of the eyes, cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, and chin. She ran a nude pencil along the waterlines to cancel any redness, washed lids with a light dusting of contour powder, and dabbed concealer lightly onto lips. A milder version of the metallic brows seen at Christian Dior also showed up here, with arches being coated in a shimmery gold cream.
Hairstylist Guido Palau took a more austere approach to the Valentino woman. “She’s still very beautiful, but more severe than usual,” he explained. He began by blowing strands smooth with Redken Satinwear 02 and making a crisp line down the center from forehead to crown. Next, he teased the area where the parting ended to build volume. Two panels of hair were set aside on either side of the face before placing the ornate leather headband provided by the house on each model’s head. Then the length was gathered into a low, clean ponytail and the two front pieces were pulled back over the ears, wrapped around the elastic, doused in hair spray, and set with heat. Not a single bobby pin was used (or at least visible), making for an impeccable and seamless finish.
“Opera was [once] the pop music of the day, so we were trying to make that modern,” elaborated McGrath. As a classic aria echoed through the Jardin des Tuileries, it was possible to imagine this look making an appearance not only at Lincoln Center, but also on the red carpet—worn by the likes of front-row fixture Ciara.